Project Engineer

University of Warwick, Coventry
£30,942 - £40,322 - per annum
Nov 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Vacancy OverviewFull time, fixed term contract for 2 years.

WMG is a vibrant, research intensive department at the University of Warwick. We have a great opportunity for a Laboratory Facilities Engineer to co-ordinate, manage and supervise the Hardware-in-the-Loop and Electronics Laboratories within the Department. You will work in a senior capacity on specific projects within these Laboratories; engaging regularly with academics, research staff, industrial partners and students.

This rapidly growing area underpins the leading edge research carried out by the group on Control Systems, Autonomous vehicles and Energy Management focused on the transport and energy sectors. As part of this role, you will be engaged in maintenance and testing of control systems, and the design and build of bespoke test interfaces which will comprise of mechanical and electronic elements. This is a leadership and technical role that will help drive our innovative research, and offers fantastic opportunities for future career growth.

We are looking for someone with a technical background in control system, software and electronics testing, microelectronics, software skills, electric device test in an industrial or research environment. The role involves managing electronics test, measurement facilities and an understanding of IT, with some exposure to MATLAB Simulink, dSPACE, and Python/C++ software.

Your technical background will be combined with strong people management skills who can, with all stakeholders, inspire and organise the laboratory and assist technical workforce to meet targets. A good knowledge of health and safety and experience of budgetary control are essential for the role.

In return we will provide you with a great range of benefits which include excellent learning and development opportunities, an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, as well as some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.Job DescriptionJOB PURPOSE:

You will be employed to work on the HVM Catapult project to manage and supervise the HIL (Hardware-in-the-Loop(HIL))/Electronics Group laboratories to work in collaboration with students, academic staff and industrial partners contributing to research, teaching and other events.


1. To contribute to the research within the HIL/Electronics group through the day to day management of the laboratories. To maintain, allocate and supervise the use of the facilities and technical equipment for Researchers /Engineers, Technicians, Graduates, Students and Apprentices. To manage the assets and expenditure, ensuring electronic databases are kept up to date and continually improved to maintain financial and budgetary control. To decide when it is timely to contract out work based on the appraisal of in-house resources and place sub-contract orders as required.

2. To provide specialist technical recommendations, practical tools (procuring where needed) and design resolution advice for performance within the project, particularly on the design, build and commission HIL rig software support, test rigs and experiments, as required by the departments' research activities.

3. To share information with colleagues and produce recommendations, consult and liaise with programme managers, academics, students and other WMG staff. Dealing with both internal and external customers to meet high levels of technical specification and support to achieve excellent customer satisfaction.

4. To identify, operate, maintain and continually develop a diverse range of specialist equipment and apparatus, in order to facilitate the research and teaching provided within WMG and to ensure that this is done adhering to current legislation, in the most customer responsive and cost effective manner, ensuring that the equipment housed within the workshops and laboratories remains current and fit for purpose

5. To contribute to the delivery of outputs during research through the co-ordination of the usage of work areas, ensuring programmes are well managed so resources can be allocated correctly.

6. To ensure health and safety legislation and departmental policies and procedures are being adhered to by the staff and students utilising this WMG work area. To act upon and liaise with the Technical Services Manager and Departmental Health and Safety Advisor to ensure applicable HSE measures are taken. To provide health and safety guidance and, when required, supervision for those working within various workshop settings and other associated laboratories / work areas, with the use of relevant risk assessments, suitable safe systems of work, approved codes of practise and applicable COSHH information.

7. To manage research aspects of the project including contributing to academic publications, technical reports and other presentations and dissemination methods. To co-ordinate visits and events.

8. To undertake projects and develop systems to support departmental strategy. To provide management of the facilities for the technical team and ensure that health and safety procedures are observed

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1 Honours Degree or Engineering Qualification and relevant experience in a related engineering environment (a) Essential Criteria 2 NEBOSH / IOSH or Health and Safety certificate (a) Essential Criteria 3 Substantial experience within an engineering test, research or development environment working with complex test equipment. (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 4 Experiencing of specifying appropriate instrumentation and interface electronics for data logging and control system design and testing (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 5 Experience of experimental design, data analysis and interpretation (a,c) Essential Criteria 6 Experience of managing significant technical projects. (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 7 Experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in 'real world' environment (a,c) Essential Criteria 8 Excellent project planning, budget management and reporting skills (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 9 Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, allowing for effective collaboration at all levels both internally and externally. (a,c) Essential Criteria 10 Competency in IT and familiarity with computerised environment (a,c) Essential Criteria 11 A high degree of flexibility to ensure a rapid response to the changing needs of both academic and industry- lead research is maintained (a,c) Essential Criteria 12 A strong aptitude for analytical problem solving (a,c) Essential Criteria 13 A range of Quantitative and Qualitative research skills (a,c) Desirable Criteria 1 ILM certificate in first line management or equivalent (a) Desirable Criteria 2 Post Graduate Degree in a relevant field (a) Desirable Criteria 3 Software Skills - MATLAB, dSPACE, C++/Python (a,c,d) Desirable Criteria 4 Significant leadership skills with the ability to motivate, assess, plan and organise resources in an engineering environment (a,c) Desirable Criteria 5 An understanding of common network protocols, such as CAN, UART and SPI (a,c)Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .

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